On last 17th of December, as the temperature was cooling down almost everywhere else, an unforgettable event occured on Font Street, warming up the splendidly decorated hall facing Brooklyn Cathedral. Born in the heart of the slums of Brazil and Argentina, who would have ever thought that, one day, Heart’s Home would also be at the heart of a Jazz Concert in Brooklyn? Yet by the end of that night, the joy shining on the faces of our numerous guests and the artists there would bear witness to this unexpected continuity.
As Father Thierry stated on that night: "Our story tonight comes across another story of friendship: I want to speak about the history of jazz, the history of all those who, for decades, fell in love with this music. A music so vivid, so full of compassion, a music that expresses the human heart in such a profound way." Indeed, if there is one thing in common between Heart’s Home, the vibrant harmony of Lu Reid and his band, the profound and moving accords of Marjorie Elliot, and Sedric Shoukroun, and the life-giving songs of Jimmy Norman and his amazing musicians, it is an unbeatable passion for life that embraces with compassion every dissonant note, every sorrow, every cry.
As rumors of despair spread everywhere, let us keep walking hand in hand, and let people experience through our lives and songs, as Marjorie once told me, "a joy that is stronger and deeper than any sorrow."